Focusing on Our Architecture

We are all familiar with those program or liner notes that are a step removed from generalized music theory and are about as stimulating to read as a legal brief or a software manual. When I was an adolescent and music was my heartthrob, I just didn’t get how something so sensuous could be intellectualized […]

What role has theory played in your compositions and how important is it for people to know the theory behind the music in order to appreciate it? Julia Werntz

Julia WerntzPhoto by Pandelis Karayorgis Because I write microtonal music and spend a lot of time with other people’s microtonal music, there is a lot to try to figure out—microtonality is still new, even over a hundred years after Julian Carrillo began experimenting with it. So in addition to composing, I’ve written a few articles […]

What role has theory played in your compositions and how important is it for people to know the theory behind the music in order to appreciate it? George Russell

George Russell Photo courtesy New England Conservatory Theory in all endeavors, musical or not, is important only if it derives from the need of one’s essence, rather than being only other people’s ideas or thoughts. A useful theory must blend and bend into one’s own being; theory has to be self-made. Theories which have been […]

What role has theory played in your compositions and how important is it for people to know the theory behind the music in order to appreciate it? Cindy McTee

Cindy McTee Elaborate theoretical systems can be found in my work, and they are always employed as a means to an end. I can think of two reasons why I might feel the need to explain my music in theoretical terms: first, to provide the listener with information designed to enhance the experience of hearing a work […]

Yoko Ono’s Snow

Originally published on February 7, 1977 As usual, I’ve been going to a lot of concerts. On my desk at the moment are several different programs from events which I’ve attended recently, and which I suppose I really ought to report on. But the snow that has been falling so abundantly has made me aware […]